Kitchen Takeover:The White Christmas Edition

Tauranga, like the rest of the world, is obsessed with pop-up restaurants. After three sell-out events, Kitchen Takeover is back with a Christmas edition. Guests will be transported to a white winter wonderland to experience a delicious degustation dinner at a secret location. Masterchef judge and ex-head chef of Euro Shane Yardley will cook up a seven-course extravaganza.

DATE December 6,7,13,14,20,21

LOCATION A secret location – they haven’t even told UNO where. Booked foodies will get a text an hour before start-time to let them know where to go.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED Sign up at on sale October 20 at 7pm. Be quick as Kitchen Takeover sells out in minutes.

If you love the element of surprise, appreciate fine dining and want to do something really special, this is for you!


The Mount’s Comedy Festival

Why get wrapped up in all the pre-Christmas diary clashes when you can hold your event in the new year? The Mount Comedy Festival is back for its third year, hosted by UNO cover star and Bay local Ben Hurley, and brings some of the biggest names in comedy showbiz to Totara Street. Think two hours of side-splitting, pant-wetting action. Maybe bring a spare pair of undies. Avoid awkward work conversations over a crusty canapé; get everyone giggling and you’ll be crowned the ultimate party planner.

DATEJanuary 2-14, 2020

LOCATION Totara Street – the best venue in the southern hemisphere run by a dedicated team who love showbiz. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED Keep an eye out on on sale late spring.


Beach cricket BBQ

Show your team that Christmas parties don’t have to cost the earth. Why not organise a good, old-fashioned day on the beach with games and a sausage sizzle? Whether it’s your work team or friends, there’s plenty of space for everyone.

DATE Any day the sun is shining.

LOCATION Away from the crowds at Main Beach – Tay Street has plenty of parking and public barbecues.

HOW TO GET INVOLVEDA visit to the supermarket and a rummage in the garage for the cricket set should do the trick.